Friday, June 30, 2017

Power of Coffee Card

Okay... one more coffee card for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I thought I was finished but I wanted to help break the Spring link-up record, so I made this Power of Coffee Card. I was watching Blue Bloods while making it and it's been hours since my last cup of coffee. I have a rule... No Caffeine after 3 p.m., it keeps me from going to sleep. So this card is simple and easy!

Power of Coffee Card supplies:
  • Paper: Crumb Cake cardstock by Stampin' Up! and white cardstock by Core'dinations, patterned paper from Doodlebug Designs Inc. Cream & Sugar paper pad. 
  • Stamps: Digital sentiment by Gloria Stengel (it was a freebie from a previous hop) and coffee cup from Coffee Happy stamp set by Stamplorations.
  • Ink & Coloring: Memento black and Crumb Cake marker by Stampin' Up!
  • Other Stuff: Big Shot, Frame cutting plate by Taylored Expressions, scissors and three gold sequins.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a HAPPY and crafty day!

Red and Blue Just for You Card

Hello! It's almost July and this year I didn't mail any Fourth of July cards. I'm really afraid to mail my handmade cards when it gets above ninety degrees, I'm worried the adhesive will melt. If you have experience mailing handmade cards in the summer feel free to share.

This Red and Blue Just for You Card was made with the following challenges in mind: SU! Only (Patriotic Colors), Simon Says Stamp (Stencil It) and Little Red Wagon (Three of a Kind).

Stampin' Up! supplies include: Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler cardstock, ink colors: Bashful Blue (very retired), Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Real Red and Cherry Cobbler, retired seasonal decorative masks, Flower Shop and Watercolor Words stamp sets and adhesive.

That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Coffee = Me Happy Card

Sometimes I buy a stamp set for a particular sentiment or image and this sentiment was the reason I purchased the Choose Happy set by Simon Says Stamp. Mainly because it's true, Coffee = Me Happy!!! The patterned paper on this card is by American Crafts from the True Stories paper pad (2014). Luckily the coffee cups were spaced perfectly to add the sentiment in the middle. From a paper scrap I cut out the cup and adhered it to the circle. I thought about adding flowers and then decided it would be too busy. This is my fourth card for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Happiness in a Cup Card

Wow! It's day five of the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and there are already over 683 cards linked. This Happiness in a Cup Card is my third card created for the hop. The layout for this card is from the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches, although my image is larger everything else is the same. The image has been sitting colored on my craft desk for awhile. I forgot to use it for the Spring hop, so I wanted to make sure it got used this time around. The digital image is called Kitty in a Teacup by Di's Digi Stamps and it was colored with Copic markers. Now the sentiment (by Stamplorations Coffee Happy stamp set) could have a couple of meanings. Kitties are the happiness in the cup or the happiness was the tea in the cups before the kitty decided to sit in them. Either way works depending on if kitties make you happy? They definitely make me HAPPY, so I'm also linking this card to the Furrything Goes theme at the Show Us Your Pussies Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day! 

Monday, June 26, 2017

COFFEE a Liquid Hug Card

Good day crafty friends! I have a quick post to share a summery coffee themed card I made for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. The digital image and sentiment are by Jessica Lynn Original. Copic markers were used to color the image and then it was die cut with a cross stitched die by My Favorite Things. The floral patterned paper is by Doodlebug Design Inc, Hello Sunshine paper pad. Two polka dot flowers from the Petite Petals stamp set by Stampin' Up! were added accented with punched green leaves from the retired Bird Builder punch. Two glimmer dot stickers by Jolee's were added to the center of the flowers and that's it. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

This COFFEE a Liquid Hug Card is entered into the following challenges:

Friday, June 23, 2017

Another Cup of Liquid Sanity

Hooray for Friday and the first day of the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! Mornings don't start until I've had my coffee. My hubby knows that coffee is needed if he wants me to carry on a decent conversation. Maybe I should be ashamed, but mornings just aren't my thing!

The idea for this card started with the black frame. It was cut and sitting on my desk from a card that went a different direction. I decided it would be fun against the bright stripes from the Doodlebug Designs Inc. Cream & Sugar paper pad and it was matted to a black and white striped paper. The sentiment, coffee mug and carafe are from the Coffee Happy stamp set by Shery Russ available at Stamplorations. I decided to stamp the images on patterned paper and then fussy cut. To add a little more color a Copic marker (BG13 Mint Green) was used to accent the carafe. The final details include the stamped heart from a Unity stamp set and three sequins for some sparkle. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and have fun hoping along with the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

This Liquid Sanity Card is linked to the following challenges:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Winston Takes Flight Card

This afternoon I sat down and created this Winston Takes Flight Card using the sketch from the Inky Paws Challenge. There were several other challenges I had in mind when I created this card and they are:
Playing with patterned paper is one of my favorite things and I ended up using papers by Photoplay from the Party Boy collection. The yellow strip is from Recollections and it's called Mom's Diner (cone). Copic markers were used to color the Winston image by Newton's Nook and then it was die cut with the coordinating dies. To make it look like Winston was flying in the clouds I used the Sky Borders Die Set also by Newton's Nook and adhered the clouds to the bottom of a tumbled glass distress inked piece of cardstock. Three additional small clouds were added for detail and that's it. Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cupcake Celebrate Card

Hello crafty friends and happy Tuesday! It's time to start another challenge at Tuesday Throwdown and this week the theme is Party Time (something to celebrate). It seems I'm always low on birthday cards, so I used the Kittys Cupcake Tower Colored image from our sponsor Di's Digi Stamps to create this Cupcake Celebrate Card. As always, we would love for you to join the challenge this week. You can find all the details and design team inspiration HERE.

This Cupcake Celebrate Card is an A6 sized card 4 1/2 x 6 1/4. When I first started making cards this was the size I made. Then I noticed most people made A2 sized cards and I changed but every once in awhile I make the larger size.

Cupcake Celebrate Card Supplies:
  • Paper: Cupcake and pink polka dots by The Paper Studio, Melon Mambo Cardstock by Stampin' Up!.
  • Stamps: Kittys Cupcake Tower Colored by Di's Digi Stamps and Time to Celebrate sentiment by Stampin' Up!.
  • Ink: Memento black 
  • Other Stuff: Big Shot, Avery Elle scalloped oval frame, Itty Bitty Banner punch and Washi Banner punch both retired by Stampin' Up! and pink sequins. 
Challenges entered:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Newton's Birdbath Card

As usual I've waited until the last day to create my card for the Inky Paws Challenge to use Stripes. My crafting table was covered in fabric for a sewing project but I finally finished and cleaned it off. Then I totally messed it up with papercrafting supplies. Oh well! It never stays clean. What fun would a clean table provide?

This is the first time I've used the Newton's Birdbath stamp set and coordinating dies. I love my backyard birds and I love cats, so this is one of my favorite new stamp sets by Newton's Nook. Copic markers were used to color the images. The sky background was created using a brayer with tumbled glass distress ink on white cardstock. The scalloped plaid frame was die cut using frame cutting plate by Taylored Expressions and the green striped grass was punched with a Fiskars grass punch. That pretty much sums it up. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Newton's Birdbath Card is entered into the following challenges:

Monday, June 12, 2017

40th Anniversary Card

Hello! My neighbor and her hubby recently celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary, so I made them this card. I looked up the color that represents the 40th Anniversary and it's Ruby Red. The Stampin' Up! color used is Cherry Cobbler with retired Tip Top Taupe. The layout on this card evolved as I played with the pieces. My original idea didn't work with the size of the flowers, so I tried a smaller flower and didn't like it, so I just moved everything around until I was content with the way it looked.

Supplies used include*:
  • Paper: Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler cardstock along with retired 2015-2017 Designer Series Paper.
  • Stamps: Number of Years and retired hostess Morning Meadow stamp sets.
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin' Pads.
  • Other Stuff: Big Shot, Large Number Thinlits, Pansy Punch, retired Bird Builder punch (leaves) and stitched circle die by My Favorite Things. 
*All supplies by Stampin' Up! unless noted.

This 40th Anniversary Card is entered into the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Happy Pig Card

In case you didn't know... I grew up in the country. My grandfather lived next door and he raised cattle. Our neighbors down the road raised pigs and when the wind blew just right you could smell the pig farm from our house. In the spring when the babies were born we would would go visit the cute new piglets. When I first saw the new This Little Piggy stamp set by Stampin' Up! I knew it would be on my first order. I also love the new Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack. This Happy Pig Card was inspired by the Out in the Garden challenge at SU! Only. You probably won't find a pig in a city garden but in a country garden, you betcha.

First, I stamped the pig image onto watercolor paper using Staz On Jet Black ink. Then using Aqua Painters and Classic Stampin' Pads the image was watercolored. Colors include: Pool Party, Old Olive, Powder Pink (new in color), Sahara Sand and Calypso Coral. After the image panel dried it was matted to a slightly larger piece of Calypso Coral cardstock. The patterned paper is from the Petal Garden dsp and the pool party twine is new. The final touch was adding the bitty butterfly. That's it! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This Happy Pig Card is entered into the following challenges:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

You're Sweet Card

Happy Tuesday! I hope you're ready for a "Sweet" challenge at Tuesday Throwdown. This week the theme is "Sugar High" and we have some yummy inspiration for you. Click here for all the challenge details and design team inspiration. Our sponsor this week is My Grafico and they provided us with the Tea Time Digital Stamp Set. There were a lot of wonderful options to choose from and I selected the cupcake for this You're Sweet Card. It's always fun to paper piece the cupcake liner and then I went a little crazy with Stickles for the the icing. I hope you will join the challenge this week and share your Sugar High creation with us! You have until mid-day on Monday, June 12th to add your link. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This You're Sweet Card is entered into the following challenges:

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Stampin' Up! 2017-2019 In Color Card

Every year I try to make a card using the new Stampin' Up! In Colors. For this 2017-2019 In Color Card I've used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set along with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. The new colors include: Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig. To add some more stamping details the Timeless Textures stamp set was also used. Other new supplies include: Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack and Glitter Enamel Dots. That's it! Click here to shop now!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

New Catalog and In Colors

Good morning crafty friends! Today is the launch of the new Stampin' Up! catalog and five lovely new In Colors for 2017-2019. The new colors include:
  • Berry Burst
  • Lemon Lime Twist
  • Powder Pink
  • Tranquil Tide
  • Fresh Fig
The catalog includes several new floral stamp sets and a fun coffee themed suite called Coffee Break. There is definitely something for everyone in the new catalog. Click here for my demonstrator home page and click the Shop Now button for all the new goodies. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Catalog goes live at 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time.